Activision thinks GoldenEye Wii exclusivity’s a good deal

So, GoldenEye is coming exclusively to the Wii. For some of us, that’s great news, while some of us believe the game should have come to a more “hardcore” console. Analyst Michael Pachter, for instance, has argued that GoldenEye would have been better served on the Xbox 360. Activision has fired back at the critics, instead claiming that there is a “huge opportunity” on the Wii. 

“It’s a great opportunity,” says senior producer Brian Pass. “This game was originally on the N64, so there’s the nostalgia factor for people that are Nintendo fans. So we wanted to partner with Nintendo for this.

“The opportunity on the Nintendo Wii platform is huge. There’s roughly 12 million Wiis in North America. But it’s not really a console that a lot of shooter fans are playing on. So we wanted to offer them their own first-person shooter, that’s unique and exclusive to that console.”

Pass did acknowledge that shooters on the Wii aren’t that popular, but added: “Maybe it’s because people don’t like using the Wii Remote and the Nunchuck. They don’t like using the pointing device. Now they’ve got the Classic Pro Controller. This is dual analogue stick. It’s got the exact same layout you find on PS3 or 360.”

What do you reckon? Is GoldenEye on Wii a good idea, or should Activision have tried other consoles? It’s very weird to see Activision do anything on one lone console, as it usually hits every machine at once. Still, this is the most successful (if evil) publisher in the industry, so if it sniffs money on the Wii, we might not want to question its judgment. 

Activision explains GoldenEye Wii Exclusivity [Videogamer via CVG]

Jim Sterling